Meet the Director

Under the leadership of Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD, the Brain Injury Research Center has made significant strides in understanding, preventing, treating, and improving outcomes in patients who are living with traumatic brain injury.

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Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD

Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist, is Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai and an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a predoctoral internship in neurorehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center. She earned her PhD from the University at Albany.

Dr. Dams-O’Connor has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters on traumatic brain injury treatments and outcomes, and she has presented her research internationally. Her primary fields of clinical and research expertise are in long-term outcomes after brain injury, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with neurological diseases.

Dr. Dams-O’Connor’s research aims to improve health, longevity, and quality of life for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She strives to identify factors that impact acute and long-term outcomes after TBI. She has worked closely with multi-institutional, interdisciplinary teams from a number of centers to spearhead research projects on factors associated with trajectories of cognition, health, and functioning with moderate to severe TBI. She leads two multi-center collaborative studies that involve 10 other National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)-funded TBI Model System research centers and a multi-site TBI brain donation project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Her current projects focus on applying modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. Dr. Dams-O’Connor’s research is supported currently by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the Centers for Disease Control, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Department of Defense. She is also Director of Research in the Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center, and Project Director in the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.

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